If you’re a mom, your Instagram must be filled with inspiring pictures of gorgeous mothers with makeup on point and outfits so stylish you wonder if you ever looked like that BEFORE the kids. Luckily for you, in this day and age it’s easier than ever to remain stylish while being a mom so, keep reading to find out how!
Find a combination of comfortable, yet trendy clothes
We know being a mom can be a messy business. Running around picking up toys, cleaning the house and risking getting food stains doesn’t leave you wanting to wear a tight dress. Most women prefer to wear comfortable clothing which can even translate into their husband’s pants and an array of sweatshirts that make you look like you have the time to work out (joke’s on them).
But there are actually many types of clothing that can be comfortable and stylish at the same time. Choose knit blouses, which not only look cute, but rarely wrinkle and give you freedom of movement. Pair them with a cute pair of jeans and some flats and you’ll instantly look more put together. And speaking of jeans…
Don’t overuse jeans
Jeans are almost everyone’s best friend. They take the complication out of every situation and they’re comfortable as hell. But sometimes as moms it’s normal to fall into the trap of wearing a never ending selection of jeans. Slowly they multiply and make up most of your wardrobe until you realize you don’t have any other type of pants or skirts for any occasion.
Even though they’re the best, we recommend picking a pair or two of regular pants in colors that are easy to combine with the rest of your clothes. It never hurts to have a pair of shorts and a maxi skirt, either.
Throw on accessories on a simple outfit
Ahh, remember those days when you used to pick cute and long earrings and necklaces to highlight your outfits? When babies start coming with their tiny hands hungry to pull anything they can, the first thing that goes are your accessories. Most moms end up trying to pull a “minimal” look but it just feels “meh”.
Even though it is important to keep some accessories away from babies, you can still choose cute stud earrings, colorful headbands and there are even necklaces specially made to be chewed and drooled on by your baby.
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Don’t ditch your makeup routine, just simplify it
If there’s one thing moms could use more of, that’s time. For new moms, the first thing they sacrifice is self-pampering. No more spa, no more salon appointments twice a month, and of course no more 30-minute makeup routines. Sure, it’s hard to try to get your eyeshadow right when you also have to keep an eye on the baby or, you have the kids running around you trying to steal your lipstick.
But don’t let the obstacles get you down! There’s still a way to look refreshed and pretty in less than 10 minutes. For a quick makeup routine, start using tinted sunscreen and skip the foundation. Comb your eyebrows to make your face look bright and apply a dab of mascara and a touch of blush. In just 4 steps you’ll be good to go.
Keep your nails cute, too
Again, we know that time is always against you when you’re a mom. But becoming a stylish mom requires taking time to do certain activities which, in the past you used to do by taking way longer than needed to do them. Let’s take nails for example. You probably loved to change your nail polish every week and try edgy colors to match your outfits for parties.
With those times long gone, now it’s time for you to do things quicker and save time which you can do by using gelish on your nails. Gelish takes a lot less time to dry and you don’t have to spend hours with your hands raised. Also, lasts up to a month staying in perfectly good condition. Gelish doesn’t crack with everyday chores, which makes it perfect for your daily hectic routine. Pick a neutral color that suits most of your outfits and occasions.
Choose less prints, more solids
As we mentioned above, to become a stylish mom you need to work smarter on the items you wear. Not only can you pick comfortable, yet trendy clothes, you can also put together your whole wardrobe using only a few basics that all mix perfectly together.
A capsule wardrobe can be complete with a pair of trousers, a pair of jeans, a black skirt, a semi-formal dress, a grey or striped sweater, a black blazer and a trench coat or jacket. Of course, you can create your basics wardrobe using other pieces or colors. The important thing is that you pick items that can go with anything. This will save you some precious time when getting ready.
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If you have babies, choose a stylish diaper bag
If you thought having kids only took up your time, you were wrong. They also take up A LOT of space. As a mom you have so many things that you even have to say goodbye to your stylish designer handbags or comfortable crossbodies and change them for a huge diaper bag to put all your stuff in. Between diapers, bottles, clothing and toys, there’s barely room for your personal items.
But this whole article is about not forgetting that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to leave your glamour behind. Nowadays you can find hundreds of stylish diaper bags that even look just like a regular oversized tote. It’ll be your little secret!
Use dry shampoo to build your hair
Sometimes, your schedule forces you to make important decisions regarding which activities of the day you can forgo. More often than not, taking a shower and getting ready is left out of your routine for lack of time. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and let us tell you why. Hair is actually supposed to be washed only 2 or 3 times a week, otherwise you strip it away of its natural oils.
If you’re still hesitant about the “unwashed” hair look, your new best friend will be dry shampoo. Not only does it freshen your mane and remove debris, it can add on some much needed shine and volume so that you can quickly style it and make it look like you went to the salon.
Find new, yet simple and quick, hair dos
If you’d rather keep your hair up because you feel it’s less hassle when handling the kids, we suggest finding quick options for hair dos. Scroll your Pinterest for simple hairstyles and start trying them on in the morning, not only will they take like 5 minutes, but even a kid can make them!
Keep true to your style before being a mom
Finally, a tip you should never forget. Whether or not you’re going to try out all of the points in this list, the important thing is that you remember exactly who you were before becoming a mom and keep true to that style at all times. You used to like bright clothes? Don’t stop wearing them. You loved collecting sunglasses? Keep collecting them. Remember above all; being a mom is just a part of the whole you!
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